Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | April 25, 2011

On the Town with Dale DeGroff

The Museum of the American Cocktail is continuing their series of fun and educational seminars on cocktail history next month with a visit by bartending legend Dale DeGroff to The Passenger. Here are the details:

On the Town: Life in Saloons, Speaks, and the Big City Bar! An Evening with Dale DeGroff
Presented By: Dale DeGroff

$40.00 per person pre-register
The ‘at-the-door’ fee will be $45.00.
Monday, May 9 2011, 6:30 – 8:00
The Passenger (Warehouse Theater, entry via Passenger)
1021 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join master mixologist and author Dale DeGroff (master storyteller as well!) for an evening of history, drinks, and fun as he shares anecdotes from neighborhood bars, notorious saloons, and the legendary drink palaces of lore. From the Gilded Age to Prohibition to Modern Times- the colorful evolution of the cocktail is unveiled with the antics, stories, and music that accompanied this cultural phenomenon.

Throughout the presentation, guests will be treated to sample cocktails representative of the various eras. And since DeGroff himself is something of a crooner, a couple of tunes might just top off the evening… so grab your coat and get your hat, and Join us for an Evening On The Town!

Click here to register.

I’ve had the privilege to have DeGroff’s drinks at the last two Repeal Day balls and he’s really one of finest barmen out there. His book, The Craft of the Cocktail, was one of the first ones I read about bartending and classic cocktails. Many of my preferred formulations of classic drinks come from DeGroff’s recipes. Add in that his work at the Rainbow Room in the 1980s is likely influential to the survival of the art of bartending and well-craft drinks and this is a seminar that you shouldn’t miss.


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